Prince William and Harry cut contact with each other ‘completely’ for two months and now rarely speak, the author of a new royal biography has claimed.
Royal correspondent Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom about the younger prince’s abdication along with wife Meghan, makes the bombshell claim in an upcoming TV interview.
The Duke of Cambridge was reportedly furious with the Sussexes for “damaging the Royal Family’s reputation” by posting their exit plan publicly on Instagram, Mr Scobie has said in a new TV interview.
In the True Royalty TV interview to air later today, the author will reveal how the brothers didn’t speak for an extended period around the time of the Sandringham summit.
The summit saw senior members of the royal family hash out the details of Harry and Meghan’s exit.
Prior to leaving the family for America, Harry is also reported to have shouted “What the hell” at the Queen during one heated discussion about a royal aide, according to The Sun.
There had supposedly been tension between the Sussexes and Cambridges for months prior to Harry and Meghan’s bombshell announcement in January.
The two princes were forced to publicly deny they had had a major falling out the night before a polo match in July last year.
But Mr Scobie alleges the gulf between them “grew wider and wider” as time went on.
“I think, really, where it went wrong for Harry and Meghan and the Cambridges was that decision to go public with the road map to their new working model.”
Because the statements weren’t “discussed internally” before release, William is said to have been hurt – as he is always juggling two roles in the apparent dispute: future king and brother.
“That it put family business out into the public domain when it should’ve been discussed privately and there was a lot of hurt there that continues to this day,” added Mr Scobie.
The Sun reports sources claiming William and Harry now hardly speak, while Kate and Meghan has washed their hands of each other entirely.
One said: “It’s completely wrong to think William and Harry are communicating like they used to. The fallout is serious and difficult. Kate and Meghan don’t communicate personally at all.”
In the book, which the author insists was completed with some direct input from the Sussexes, the two duchesses’ relationship “never progressed that far” – with Meghan supposedly upset Kate didn’t help out during her pregnancy.
He said: “I don’t think there was really much attempt to make them stay.
“If I’m being honest — and that’s highlighted throughout the book — the relationship between Meghan and Kate really never progressed that far.
“Meghan felt there wasn’t much effort made on Kate’s side to look after her during some of the darker moments, particularly during her pregnancy.”
It comes as Harry and Meghan have reportedly moved into a swanky new $14.7 million Santa Barbara mansion – which boasts a library, cinema and spa, as well as nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms.
The 18,000 square foot home on 5.4 acres of land in Montecito neighbours properties owned by US chat show icons Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.